CHAPTER 11
The Classification
of Occupations

THERE ARE 40,023 titles in the 1949 edition of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), and further specialization seems to be a continuing trend at all levels and in all types of occupations. Clearly some classificatory scheme is essential whenever a discussion of occupations is involved. The character of the scheme to be used will vary with the purpose of the classification.

The DOT assigns to each occupation a code number. The first digit of this number indicates which major group the occupation has been put in. These major groups are indicated in Table 11.1.

TABLE 11.1. MAJOR OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS AND THEIR MAJOR SUBDIVI-
SIONS, OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION AND CODE OF THE U. S. EMPLOYMENT
SERVICE
0 Professional and managerial occupations
0-0 through 0-3: Professional occupations
0-4 through 0-6: Semiprofessional occupations
0-7 through 0-9: Managerial and official occupations
1 Clerical and sales occupations
1-0 through 1-4: Clerical and kindred occupations
1-5 through 1-9: Sales and kindred occupations
2 Service occupations
2-0: Domestic service occupations
2-2 through 2-5: Personal service occupations
2-6: Protective service occupations
2-8 and 2-9: Building service workers and porters
3 Agricultural, fishery, forestry, and kindred occupations
3-0 through 3-4: Agricultural, horticultural, and kindred occupations
3-8: Fishery occupations
3-9: Forestry (except logging), and hunting and trapping occupations
4 and 5- Skilled occupations
6 and 7- Semiskilled occupations
8 and 9- Unskilled occupations

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